Management & Governance

Chorus America strengthens the governance, management, marketing, fundraising, and operations of choruses by providing practical tools, templates, training, and strategies for its administrative and board leaders. We track the annual operations of choruses, identify best practices and assessment tools, and help our members build audiences for choral music.

Articles

Harness More Fundraising Power with Volunteers

Harness More Fundraising Power with Volunteers

Derrick Feldmann | Fundraising, Governance, Networking, Recruitment, Volunteer

Engage, equip, and empower volunteers to help your chorus reach its fullest fundraising potential. Read more

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Time Out for Good Behavior

Time Out for Good Behavior

An Executive Sabbatical Renews and Refuels

Allison Vulgamore | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Impact/Value

After more than a decade as chief executive of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Allison Vulgamore took a sabbatical to travel to a prison in Morocco for boys. She shares her transformative experience of preparing them to sing in a concert without the benefit of a shared language. Read more

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Staying Power: How Historic Choruses Keep Going Strong

Staying Power: How Historic Choruses Keep Going Strong

Sara Pearsaul Vice | Community Outreach, Governance, History, Innovation

What allows one chorus to thrive for more than a century while another is forced to close down after just a few years? Leaders of some of the longest-running choral organizations credit a combination of factors for their longevity. Read more

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The Role of the Governance Committee

The Role of the Governance Committee

Sherif Nada | Evaluation, Governance, Recruitment, Technique/Tool

The impact of the governance committee is far-reaching—the character of a board and indeed the effectiveness of the organization itself, emerge from its efforts. Read more

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Panic Is Never a Strategy

Panic Is Never a Strategy

In Times of Crisis, Communities Need Choruses

Todd Estabrook | Governance, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership

Communities in crisis need music and art more than ever to tell the stories that inspire us to resolve and overcome adversity. Through optimism, adaptation, and strong leadership choruses can contribute to the solution. Read more

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With Access and Accommodation for All

With Access and Accommodation for All

Kelsey Menehan | Diversity, Management/Leadership

Many choral organizations have embraced accessibility for those with disabilities as an important value, even making it part of their policies. When choruses accommodate singers with disabilities, everybody wins. Read more

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Financial Reports You Can Count On

Financial Reports You Can Count On

Eric Fraint | Finance, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations

Guidelines on the financial reports you need from your accountant—and when—to be an effective steward of your chorus. Read more

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Get Your Story Straight

Get Your Story Straight

A Brand Audit Can Help

Todd Estabrook | Audiences, Marketing/Public Relations, Technique/Tool

It's important for a chorus to convey messages through marketing communications that are consistent with the brand conveyed through its musicmaking. A periodic brand audit—conducted either by a consultant or done yourselves following the simple steps below—will help bring you into alignment. Read more

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Women in Choral Conducting: A Level Playing Field?

Women in Choral Conducting: A Level Playing Field?

Vivien Schweitzer | Careers, Children/Youth, Diversity, Governance

Men vastly outnumber women in orchestral conducting, but choruses tell a different story. What issues do women choral conductors face today? Read more

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Putting Ego to Work for Your Chorus

Putting Ego to Work for Your Chorus

Steven Smith | Governance, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership

In his recent book egonomics: what makes ego our greatest asset (or most expensive liability), co-author Steven Smith explores the power of ego to enhance communication and organizational effectiveness. Because choruses, like many arts organizations, are comprised of community boards and often little or no staff—all led by an artistic director whose vision, talent, and charisma play a major role in galvanizing and motivating the activities of singers, board, and staff—the quality of communication among them is vital to organizational health. Smith elaborates on how ego can be harnessed to foster effective communication. Read more

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Resources

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2010)

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2010)

Roland Kushner | Audiences, Finance, Governance, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

The 2010 survey reports on operations data from the 2008-2009 season. An excellent benchmarking tool. Read more

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Shifting Sands of Demand

Shifting Sands of Demand

Alan Brown | Audiences, Marketing/Public Relations, Research/Data, Social Media

Alan Brown, principal of WolfBrown, presented these research findings and strategies for audience development at the 2010 Conference. Read more

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Fundraising: Getting To and Making the Ask

Fundraising: Getting To and Making the Ask

Chorus America Staff | Fundraising, Technique/Tool

Paul Hogle, Executive Vice President of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, addresses strategies to successfully cultivate individual donors in this PowerPoint presentation, originally given at the 2010 Conference. Read more

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Conference Keynote Speech: There Are No Crises

Conference Keynote Speech: There Are No Crises

Russell Willis ... | Audiences, Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Innovation, Management/Leadership

A speech by Russell Willis Taylor of National Arts Strategies that addresses ways to turn times of organizational and environmental crisis into growth and creative thinking opportunities. Delivered at the 2010 Conference. Read more

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Chorus Governance: Recruitment, Roles, and Responsibilities

Chorus Governance: Recruitment, Roles, and Responsibilities

David Styers | Governance, Recruitment, Technique/Tool

Resources from a presentation given by David Styers of BoardSource at the 2010 Conference. Read more

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Branding: Beyond the Hype

Branding: Beyond the Hype

Securing Your Future by Building Your Brand

Roger Sametz | Marketing/Public Relations, Technique/Tool

Slides from a presentation given by Roger Sametz of Sametz Blackstone Associates at the 2010 Chorus America Conference. Read more

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Economic Impact Study (2009)

Economic Impact Study (2009)

Chorus America Staff | Finance, Fundraising, Innovation, Operations, Research/Data

Member choruses reported on the impact of the recession on their financial and organizational outlook in a brief survey conducted in 2009. Read more

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Children's Chorus Recruitment Practices Survey (2009)

Children's Chorus Recruitment Practices Survey (2009)

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Recruitment, Research/Data

A handout summarizing the results of a survey conducted in 2009 asking children's chorus leaders about recruitment issues. Read more

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National Performing Arts Convention Final Report (2008)

National Performing Arts Convention Final Report (2008)

Chorus America Staff | Diversity, Education, Impact/Value, Innovation, Technology

The National Performing Arts Convention (NPAC) was a five-day extravaganza, bringing together more than 30 different arts service organizations and their constituents to learn from each other and from high-profile experts from all arts fields. The final report summarizes the activities and outcomes of NPAC. Read more

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Events

The Collegiate Chorale Announces Expansion of Executive Staff: Ted Sperling, Artistic Director; Edward Barnes, Producing Director

The Collegiate Chorale Announces Expansion of Executive Staff: Ted Sperling, Artistic Director; Edward Barnes, Producing Director

New York, NY

emilymt | Professional

THE COLLEGIATE CHORALE Announces An Expansion of its Executive Staff: Ted Sperling, Artistic Director Edward Barnes, Producing Director Join Music Director James Bagwell   and Executive Director Jennifer Collins Read more

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Messiah...Refreshed Returns to Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center December 1

Messiah...Refreshed Returns to Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center December 1

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, CA News, Careers, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Evaluation, Families, Finance, Fundraising, General, Governance, Government/Policy, Health, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Operations, Participation, Performance, Professional, Profile, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Sample/Template, Schools, Science, Singing, Social Media, Strategic Planning, Symphonic, Technique/Tool, Technology, Venue

MESSIAH…REFRESHED! RETURNS TO LINCOLN CENTER DCINY proudly ushers in the holiday season at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on Sunday, December 1 at 2:00pm with Thomas Beecham/Eugene Goossens's 1959 re-orchestration for full symphony orchestra of Handel's Messiah. Called a “radical rescoring” by the New York Times, this revamped version will fill the concert hall with the gloriously festive sounds of the beloved holiday masterpiece. Read more

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Purcell The Indian Queen

Purcell The Indian Queen

Boston, MA

Handel and Hayd... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Careers, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

H&H presents a program of comedy, romance, intrigue, and beautiful music with this dramatic semi-opera and scenes from other Purcell works. Read more

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Chorus Management Institute  2012

Chorus Management Institute 2012

Indianapolis, IN

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DeKalb Choral Guild Gala Celebration

DeKalb Choral Guild Gala Celebration

Sandy Springs, GA

DeKalb Choral Guild | Fundraising

Black Tie Gala celebration in support of the DeKalb Choral Guild -your premier community chorus in DeKalb County GA.  Read more

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Fundraiser for The Northern Virginia Chorale

Fundraiser for The Northern Virginia Chorale

12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Dr., Fairfax VA

Susanne Cook | Fundraising

  The Northern Virginia Chorale will have a fundraiser at Barnes and Noble, 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Dr., Fairfax, VA, on March 17, 2012.  We will be performing between 10 AM and 2 PM.  There will be activities for children:  face painting and bookmark making, and also members will read to the children.  The music and activities will have a St. Patrick's theme.  We appreciate your support at any time that day (and for five days thereafter online) by using our voucher #10683035, which will give the Chorale a percentage of sales. Read more

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Dialogue

Age Discrimination?

Age Discrimination?

Anonymous |

Giving ticket discounts to seniors and students is a widespread practice, but should we be concerned about age discrimination? Read more

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